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Blueberries And Blood Thinners
Agents which slow ;/or break down blood clot formation in up to 3 different ways (they do not decrease blood viscosity; thickness.) (1) some inhibit platelet function (e.g. Aspirin, clopidogrel, etc.). (2) others interfere with some of the clot forming proteins (warfarin, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, etc.), (3) others stimulate the blood clot destruction ...Read more
Same thing: Clotting and coagulation are used as synonims. A hematologist could beg to differ, but otherwise used as absolute synonims. ...Read more
No: Blood thinner is a colloquial term for anticoagulants that reduce the propensity of blood to clot. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Anticoagulant: Coumadin (warfarin) is an anticoagulant that works to block production of some of the building blocks used in blod clotting. It needs to be monitored regularly due to the fact that the levels can very in the body, affected by foods you eat, interactions with other medications, and your own metabolism. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Variable advice: There has been recent evidence that it doesn't greatly affect the result but i still don't recommend it. ...Read more
Blood pressure: Patients with high blood pressure can physiologically donate blood. Often they will not be allowed to donate because they may be on anti hypertensive and other drugs. Gettting a transfusion which contains hypotension directed drugs could be a problem for some people. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could plavix (clopidogrel) thin out plugs in blood vessels besides thinning one's blood to prevent clotting?
No: It doesn't dissolve clots - it lowers the risk of new ones forming. ...Read more
Does goji berries interfere with high blood pressure and high blood pressure medication such as bystolic (nebivolol) or lisiindpril?
May be: Some common names for goji berries are chinese wolfberry, matrimony vine, lycium barbarum, gou qi zi and tibetan goji berry. This berry grows on shrubs reaching 1-3m in height in china, mongolia and himalayan regions of nepal and tibet. These berries may help to reduce BP and drug interaction is less lilly but not known. ...Read more
Incorrect Concepts: Blood viscosity is primarily due to glycoprotein molecules protruding from the membranes of red blood cells producing resistance of rbcs to slide past one another; reduced in anemia (rbcs farther apart). Aspirin & antioxidants have little to no effect on this but can inhibit platelets &/or the clotting or clot destruction protein cascades so as to slow speed of blood clotting. What is "too much"? ...Read more
What foods dilate your blood vessels and/or increases blood flow especially for someone with reynauds?
Yes: Like many natural supplements, more research is needed, but a handful of studies have shown that 10-15 grams of ground fenugreek seeds per day improve fasting blood sugar & hemoglobin a1c. Animal studies show it improves Insulin sensitivity. See http://www.Emaxhealth.Com/1275/fenugreek-type-2-diabetes & http://www.Wikihow.Com/use-fenugreek-for-diabetes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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